Some heart attacks are sudden and intense — the “movie heart attack,” where no one doubts what’s happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:
Heart attacks often manifest themselves differently in women than in men. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
A stroke is a medical emergency. If any of these symptoms appear, don’t delay – get medical help immediately!
If there is no emergency response number, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Learn how cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) pumps oxygenated blood through the body and can help save the life of someone who is unconscious from a sudden cardiac arrest. Also watch videos from our members on how to perform hands-only CPR.
World Heart Federation President Salim Yusuf leads Hope-3 trials on the prevention of heart attacks and strokes.
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